Few teams overhaul their quarterback and top wide receiver position in one offseason. It rarely happens.
Even fewer teams acquire maybe the best receiver in football and pair him with a new quarterback in one offseason. That’s extremely rare.
So know that the odds of the Redskins acquiring Antonio Brown from the Steelers and making moves to get a new QB are wildly long.
Still, don’t completely rule it out.
Start with Brown. His antics in an ESPN interview over the weekend will not help his trade value. At some point, if the Steelers actually want to move him, they might have to realize his trade value is far lower than his on-field value.
If, and it’s probably a ridiculous if, Brown can be had without a first-round draft pick in exchange, the Redskins might be able to grab him. Bruce Allen has three picks between 16 and 100 that he could package for Brown.
Sure, it seems obvious the Raiders could offer one of their three first-round picks for Brown, and that seems the likely landing spot, but obvious rarely happens in the NFL.
Brown to the Redskins probably won’t happen. But that doesn’t mean it can’t.
What will happen? A new quarterback in Washington.
It could be something simple, like bringing back Josh Johnson or signing a veteran free agent like Ryan Fitzpatrick or Teddy Bridgewater. Neither QB would bring much excitement, but there would be open competition for Colt McCoy.
A more exciting move, and perhaps more probable, is a rookie, first-round QB.
The Redskins want Kyler Murray, though he will be hard to get.
Many believe Arizona will take Murray first overall in the draft, and if that happens, there’s nothing to stop the Heisman winner from landing in the desert.
The Redskins also like Josh Rosen, the 10th overall pick in 2018. The previous Arizona regime drafted Rosen, but if the Cardinals want Murray, it makes Rosen expendable.
Washington would likely have to part with the 15th pick for Rosen, unless the ‘Skins look to make a player for player swap.
Trading players will absolutely be on the table for Bruce Allen as he looks to rebuild.
If Murray doesn’t go No. 1, Washington could create a package to move up into the Top 5 and grab him. Swapping first round picks with a team like the Jets, who don’t need a QB, and offering a player and/or an extra third round pick might get it done.
Remember the ‘Skins have an additional selection in the third round as compensation for losing Kirk Cousins to free agency last year.
It would be peak irony should the Cousins compensatory pick turn into a new QB.
There’s also the very real possibility of drafting a QB at 15. Drew Lock didn’t jump up draft boards at the Combine like some predicted. Neither did Daniel Jones. One or both could be there when the Redskins are slated to draft.
Dwayne Haskins seems less likely to last until 15, but if the Redskins are willing to engage in trade conversation for Murray and Rosen, the organization might look at options to get the former Ohio State star too.
Haskins played locally at The Bullis School and was a high school classmate with Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder’s son.
There are lots of options for a new quarterback. At least one of them will be exercised.
The Redskins look poised for an aggressive offseason. Don’t count anything all the way out, even a Brown trade, but know that at least one new passer will wear Burgundy and Gold this fall.
Speaking at the Combine, Jay Gruden and Doug Williams said quarterback was a priority for the organization this offseason.
When teams say that, there is usually a draft move coming.
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- Time to Talk: Redskins meeting with Kyler Murray, other top QBs at Combine